Research Seminar: Children’s Multimodal Authoring

My colleague Ruth Fielding-Barnsley and I are presenting our research at an upcoming research seminar. All welcome!

Research Seminar Series 2010

26th August 2010 4:00PM – 5:00PM

Education Video Conference Rooms:
Launceston: NH.A221c.Video Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
Cradle Coast: CC.A119.Video

The format of these presentations is one that will leave plenty of time for discussion, so please come prepared to exchange ideas.

Resistance to Literacy Intervention
Presented by Ruth Fielding-Barnsley

A total of 752, 5 year old children were screened on measures of phonological awareness and expressive language and of these the lowest 20% were included in an intervention program. The two approaches to intervention included a language based program and a phonological program. The language program was based on Marian Blank’s four levels of language and the phonological program was based on Hatcher and Hulme’s Sound Linkage program. Each child received a total of 16 hours of intervention in small groups including 8 hours of phonological awareness and 8 hours of language enrichment, in addition the 20 resisters received 4 hours of alphabet instruction and 4 hours of building cvc words.

Children’s Multimodal Authoring
Presented by Angela Thomas

Currently I am half way through an ARC (Australian Research Council) project, which I am working on with Professor Len Unsworth from the University of New England, and Linkage partner, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Our project is titled “Teaching effective 3D authoring in the middle years: multimedia grammatical design and multimedia authoring pedagogy”. Aims of the project include: 1) To provide an account of children’s innovative, transformative and critical multimodal stories; and 2) To develop a transformative pedagogy for multimedia authoring, with the teaching of explicit multimodal metalanguage. In this presentation I will showcase some of the teaching materials developed in collaboration with the ACTF and ABC, present some of the data collected to date and discuss the mode of analysing the data.

Game On 2.0 Talk

I’ll be presenting a public lecture on education and virtual worlds as part of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s Game On 2.0 speaker series. Come along if you’re in town :)

UPDATE: Here is a newspaper article related to my public lecture:


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